FEC approves N185b for 14 road projects: A way forward

Road Transport System is said to be the largest transport system patronage when is compared with Air Transport System and Maritime Sector in Nigeria. It contributes largely to national economic, social and financial growth. Its profiting includes the rich, middle class and masses, and children, women and men inclusive.

My recent experience to and fro Abuja and Lagos by road coupled with my exposure to professional course in transport and logistics management greatly revealed some gaps in our national approach to transport system particularly road transport.

The irony is that the so called rich often times maneuver their ways to avoid bad and poor road system through other means while other classes of citizens have no option but to endure the hardship to their respective destinations.

Abandoned and uncompleted road projects are no longer a news everywhere which are causing more damage and disaster to humanity than good. Even, conditions of infrastructures that support road transport are also issue of concerned. Some are over-due for rehabilitation and renewal without attention.

Approval of N185.276 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of 14 road projects in different parts of the country by Federal Executive Council of my great nation Nigeria is a plus to boost both our national economic and individual lives, but without effective system and/or policy to engage road inspection agency at all levels, civil societies and usage of civic engagement for monitoring, transparency, and accountability there is no way to have value for money nor timely completion of the said construction and rehabilitation.

Much more, it would be interesting if the federal government could make public the duration for each project completion and consequences for breach of such contract agreement, because there are the documents both the public and civil societies would use to track and monitor and report any failed contractors.

Government’s partnership with the civil societies is key in achieving this, and support of Judiciary system for effective and timely judgment and justices is also paramount important.

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